Sponsors
 mpowerlogo
  MPOWER Labs is a global research and development incubator generating technology and product innovations that can be used, along with innovative business models, to provide new and needed services for the underserved.  MPOWER Labs' primary focus is in the financial services industry, from which approximately 2 billion individuals around the world are excluded or underserved.  At the core of MPOWER Labs' philosophy is the belief that innovation and partnership, combined with disruptive technology, can generate fundamental sea change that will unlock latent economic potential and generate meaningful social impact.  MPOWER Labs is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices in Mexico City, Mexico.
     
austinventures
  www.austinventures.com
With $3 billion under management across nine funds, Austin Ventures has provided startup and growth capital to emerging companies for over twenty years. We partner with exceptionally talented entrepreneurs and operating executives to build valuable businesses in a variety of technology and service industries. We invest nationally but maintain a particular focus on Texas and the Southwest, where we are the region's most active investor. Our team of investment professionals works with companies at every stage of the funding lifecycle, from initial seed investments, through startup and growth capital, to management-led buyouts and recapitalizations. Austin Ventures brings a long-term investment perspective, broad experience in building high-growth companies, and access to an unparalleled network of entrepreneurs and executives. Visit austinventures.com for more information.
     
efct   www.givetoaustin.org
The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas is a community of entrepreneurs. We amplify the philanthropic efforts of our member companies, their entrepreneurs, boards and employees who invest equity, time and talent to make Central Texas an even better place to live, work and play. Our programs help build successful corporate cultures and allow start-up companies to participate philanthropically, even though charitable funds may be scarce.
     
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  www.ey.com
Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to restoring the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 107,000 people in 140 countries pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism in providing a range of sophisticated services centered on our core competencies of auditing, accounting, tax, and transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at www.ey.com/perspectives. Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not provide services to clients.
     
ut
  www.utexas.edu
The University of Texas at Austin is a nationally recognized doctoral/research university located in Austin, Texas. It is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the university is considered a "Public Ivy" and had the fourth largest single-campus enrollment in the nation as of fall 2006 (and had the largest enrollment in the country from 1997–2003), with nearly 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 20,000 faculty and staff.  The University of Texas at Austin is a major center for academic research, annually exceeding $380 million in funding. The institution has over 450,000 living alumni and prides itself on its outreach and service to the city of Austin, the State of Texas, the Nation and the World.
     
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  www.gcigroup.com
GCI Read-Poland uniquely combines traditional business-related media, marketing and special events skills with political acumen and expertise gained from broad experience in politics and government. GCI Read-Poland represents the Austin operations of GCI Group (http://www.gcigroup.com), a leading global public relations firm with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia that is part of the WPP Group, one of the world’s largest communications services groups. Among GCI’s roster of clients are major Fortune 500 companies, including Dell, Genentech, Nike, Merck, Whole Foods and Starbuck’s.
     
ag-info   www.akingump.com
The law firm founded by Robert S. Strauss and Richard A. Gump in 1945 is one of the world's largest firms. Our growth has come by understanding client problems - and solving them with a strategic combination of legal, practical and political skills. As we proceed in a new millennium marked by dramatic advances in technology and the expansion of international business into new markets, we are well-positioned to provide legal services that meet the changing needs of our clients on a 24/7 basis.
 
takeiton
  www.entrepreneurshipweekusa.com
From February 24 to March 3, 2007, entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders and young people across the US will celebrate the power of entrepreneurship and ignite the nation’s consciousness about the importance of being entrepreneurial. EntrepreneurshipWeek USA offers a tremendous opportunity to engage and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. The initiative will enhance on-going interest and provide an educational kick-start for the uninitiated, serving as an inspiration for young people to begin a journey to fulfill their potential as self-starters and entrepreneurs.
 

kauffman   www.kauffman.org
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is the 26th largest foundation in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.
The vision of the Kauffman Foundation is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, and in keeping with our founder's wishes, the Foundation focuses its grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.
In entrepreneurship, the Foundation works nationwide to catalyze an entrepreneurial society in which job creation, innovation, and the economy flourish. We work with leading educators, researchers, and other partners to further understanding of the powerful economic impact of entrepreneurship, to train the nation's next generation of entrepreneurial leaders, to develop and disseminate proven programs that enhance entrepreneurial skills and abilities, and to improve the environment in which entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. The Kauffman Foundation is the only large American foundation to focus on entrepreneurship and has more than twelve years of in-depth experience in the field. While our work is concentrated in the United States, leaders around the world look to the Foundation for entrepreneurship expertise and guidance.